Whether it’s adapting to the new #DudukDiamDiam/#StayAtHome life or simply getting used to the e-learning system that’s being adopted by universities, Covid-19 has resulted in a lot of changes and industries are not an exception to this. It’s a scary world out there with stories of people being laid off or having their salaries cut, talks about a recession, and a global crisis happening. So having questions of your own like, “Will the pandemic affect the industry I’m interested in when I graduate?” is totally normal.
To put your mind at rest, here are 6 different industries (in no particular order) that will most likely continue to strive in the current state, or even the aftermath, of the pandemic.
Fields in healthcare are already attractive to almost any A+ students (and parents) out there. And now there’s an even greater need for manpower in the healthcare industry. There is such a dire need for people in these fields that these bunch of medical students were rushed into practice due to the lack of manpower in coping with the needs of the Covid-19 patients.
The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of the healthcare industry, may it be having frontliners fighting tooth and nail to eradicate this virus altogether or those working hard researching and developing a cure for it. If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a real-life superhero, looking out for a degree in medicine, pharmacy, or bioscience would be a good place to start.
While many of us can attest to the importance of good ol’ quality ‘me time’, humans are naturally social creatures that need to connect, communicate, and interact. So preventive measures taken by the government through social distancing and confining people to their own homes under the Movement Control Order (MCO), even though it’s necessary to be done, will take a toll on their mental health.
Coupled with the rising 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the fact that many people are coping with their anxieties, frustrations, and depression during these times of uncertainty, industries that are able to cater to that extra human touch and care, like psychology, will definitely be needed in the first steps of returning to our normal lives.
Covid-19 has changed the way we’re communicating with people and things. With the rise of MCO, everyone is working and studying remotely and interacting digitally, making the fields in IT and technology one of the industries that will continue to be one of the main job trends.
As the world steps foot into the digital world, the support from security and IT administrators is equally important. With virtually everything done online, online scams, like phishing, spoofing, and unknown transactions has also seen an increase. Hence, the need for these IT professionals, like software engineers, information security analysts, or even system developers, to ensure technologies and systems are running correctly, smoothly, and safely in order for easier usage among the people.
“If one ventilator can only support one patient, is there a way to create a more effective machine to treat people in need of one?” “How can telco networks solve network coverage and troubleshoot problems with the increase of data usage?” While these may or may not be problems that the world is facing now, issues will arise in one form or another.
The engineering field is no stranger when it comes to people researching possible careers. With the rise of the pandemic, there is an even greater need for engineers to ensure that we’re fully ready to efficiently and effectively solve problems with the right solutions. Additionally, businesses supplying these needs would want to invest in engineers to come up with solutions in ensuring a high-quality product is made at the lowest cost.
When many physical doors to shops close during the MCO period, many virtual windows open! During this time of self-isolation, a rapid increase in e-commerce hasn’t gone unnoticed. We’re no stranger to e-commerce especially as we enter into the technological age. What the pandemic did to e-commerce was simply accelerating its pace to take permanent residence in our everyday lives.
From food and grocery services to everyday essentials, e-commerce is definitely thriving. Many businesses are also taking advantage of the online platforms and social media available, to meet the ever-growing demands of the people. Hence, the need for graduates with sound and innovative business knowledge.
With everyone #StayingAtHome to play a part in fighting Covid-19, you can only imagine the amount of content that needs to be generated in order to feed the increasing number of internet consumers (something that has already been happening even before the MCO, let's be real.) Hence, the need for graduates in the creative field to fill the roles of writers, video creators, and even designers to ensure that consumer’s demands are met.
But that’s not all. Notice a surge in fake news that’s usually sensational and keeps you anxious about the decisions made? Well, content shouldn’t compromise truthfulness for the sake of creating a buzz but instead, provide trustworthy and reliable content. Hence, a graduate that’s equipped with creativity AND ethics would definitely be sought after.
And there you have it!
A list of some of the different industries that could thrive during and after this pandemic. Though this list shows different industries working separately from each other, the reality is that each sector will coincide in one way or another as we move forward in innovation and creation. For instance, healthcare providers would have to work together with tech specialists and engineers to develop systems and products for future cases.
No matter what industry you’re looking to step foot into, remember that it does boil down to how innovative, creative, and adaptable you are to the situations you find yourselves in. As we try to cope with these uncertainties, don’t forget that you are a valuable part of society.
Embrace and be proud of your contribution whether directly or indirectly.